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My Mother-In-Law’s Pecan Candy

by on June 5, 2013

*My mother-in-law says pecan candy but they’re better known as  pralines.*

As you know, I don’t cook but this recipe is simple enough even for me to make! I tried to find pictures of us eating these but I guess we we were all too excited for them to cool to think about taking photos!


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups pecan bits
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon light rum
  • butter for baking sheet


  • Melt 4 TBL of butter over low heat in a heavy saucepan.
  • Stir in sugars, salt and cream.
  • Bring to a boil, while saucepan is covered.
  • Once boiling, lift the lid and test. Drop a spoonful of mixture into a cup of cold water. If a ball forms, remove from heat.
  • Stir in toasted pecans*, vanilla and rum.
  • Stir until the color of the mixture becomes creamy and not glossy.
  • Drop tablespoons of mixture onto buttered glass cookie sheet.
  • Cool to room temperature and enjoy!
  • Helpful Hint: Make sure the house is not humid (they won’t harden), turn on the air conditioning if needed!

Gourmet Candied Pecans*To toast pecans, heat an ungreased skillet and stir the pecans around until they darken. They should begin to emit a nutty aroma as well.


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One Comment
  1. I have so got to try these. They sound decadent.

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